Rookie Blue Finale Post Mortem: Andy and Sam's 'Normal,' Luke's Future, and More

[Warning: If you haven’t watched Thursday’s season finale of Rookie Blue yet — what’s wrong with you? — turn away now! Everyone else, forge ahead…]

ABC’s Rookie Blue wrapped up its second season this week with one very important question via Sam Swarek: “You want to try being normal together?”

After everything Andy has been through this season — getting suspended, a messy breakup and a very no-no hookup with her former training officer — she was right to respond, “How are we going do that?”

To find out the answer, TVLine spoke to executive producer Tassie Cameron, who teased what’s ahead for the pair and the rest of the 15th Division cops and detectives. She also weighed in on the possibility of the Canadian series getting a run during ABC’s traditional TV season.

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TVLINE | Let me pose back a question from the finale to you: What is normal for Sam and Andy?
[Laughs] I wish I knew…. We spent a lot of time discussing that in the development of Season 3. We sort of wrote ourselves into that corner, with a few ideas about what we were going to do in Season 3. But it really took a lot of debate [about] how we were going to start that up again. We’re going to try to explore what normal looks like for them in at least the first half of Season 3.

TVLINE | Are they entering a relationship then in the next season?
They are both suspended at the end of the season. Our consultants told us if two officers are suspended for conduct unbecoming, which is what they would have been suspended for, then probably the ground rules during their suspension would be that they’re not supposed to see each other. So that was an interesting place to start.

TVLINE | She wasn’t supposed to see him when he was undercover either, and that didn’t stop her.
I know, but maybe she’s learned her lesson. [Laughs] There’s only one thing she is as crazy about as she is about Sam Swarek, and it’s her job. So we were really trying to examine that. Like, it’s one thing to break the rules when you don’t know what the consequences are and you don’t care, because you’re overwhelmed by passion or whatever. But it’s another when you lose your job because of it. So we were really trying to examine what it would feel like for somebody like Andy to be suspended for breaking the rules when she’s a real rule-follower. It provided a nice tension. Sam Swarek or her job, on some level.

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TVLINE | Is Andy going to be struggling with balancing her ex, Luke, and this potential new relationship with Sam when they all work together?
Yeah. It’s a complicated thing, I’m sure, for somebody to be in that position…. We’re using Luke carefully in Season 3. We didn’t want it to be a graveyard of Andy’s ex-boyfriends or boyfriends or whatever, so we’re trying to use him in a new way. And it’s tricky. The funny thing is, for all the police officers we talk to, it sounds very true to their lives. They all date each other, perhaps not as much as we do on our show, but it does sound like their workplaces are full of messy complications.

TVLINE | With the episode where Sam and Andy first slept together, did you ever worry that maybe it was too soon for that?
Yep. [Laughs] Yes, I worried about it. We worried about it a lot. We talked about it a lot. You wouldn’t believe how many hours we spent debating how, when, why, we were going to make that leap for those characters.

TVLINE | What made you decide that now was the time? Not just the time for them to get together, but to have sex? They kind of skipped the relationship part and went right to the sex.
In terms of the second part of your question, I think that they do have a relationship. And we had already done the first kiss in the first season. So with these two characters, after two seasons together as friends, colleagues, it felt like the relationship was a deep one, even if it’s not a conventional love affair yet. So it seemed weird to be coy about them not fully going for it if they decide to do it. [Laughs] As for, “Why now?” You go back and forth. You worry that it’s going to be too soon, that people are going to be weirdly disappointed when they do hook up. And other viewers are yelling at you, “For Christ’s sake, please hook them up! I can’t stand it anymore.” Ultimately, I think what we do when in doubt on the show is we try and look at it from a place of realism. We try and forget the viewers and what people are saying and try to look at it realistically from these two characters’ perspectives and what would they or won’t they. And if we think they would, then we’re going to do it and put the audience expectations not aside, but try and look at them as people and deal with the repercussions afterwards. So we felt like it was time.

TVLINE | The Dov and Gail storyline this season was really interesting. Is that something you’ll be exploring more next season?
We’re going to do some stuff with Gail romantically in Season 3, but not pursue the Dov storyline. It will bubble away under the surface. But they’re really, really close friends, and they’re really interesting together as friends. Right now, we want to step away from that a little bit and put them both in different scenarios and see what happens. We want to see how that plays out with them going back to their strange chemistry as “frenemies.”

TVLINE | We learned a little bit about Dov’s family background this season with his brother. Are there plans to delve deeper into other characters’ backstories? Sam, in particular, is a real question mark.
It’s always tricky with characters like Sam Swarek because the fact that they’re so closed about their past is part of who they are as characters. You don’t necessarily want those characters to spill their person like, “Here’s who I am. And meet my mom.” It’s a delicate balance. I think we will learn more about Sam, for sure, and definitely learn more about Andy.… We didn’t see her dad this season. With any luck, if we can get the actor booked, we’ll see him in Season 3. We’ll also meet her mom.

TVLINE | Is Pete (played by Degrassi: TNG‘s Shannon Kook-Chun) going to be sticking around as a training officer? Are there going to be new cast members next season?
He’s a one-off guest star at least for now, although we loved him and would love to have him back if we do bring in more rookies. We do have a new rookie starting with the team [next] season. He comes from a military background and that didn’t seem to fit with the other the guy from the finale.

TVLINE | At the TCA Press Tour’s ABC exec session, one of the reporters asked about the possibility of the show airing here in the States during the regular season. Is that something you guys have discussed at all?
I heard about that, and we were absolutely thrilled that [ABC President] Paul Lee received that question warmly. It’s very nice to hear they would be open to it, and it’s always heartening. That said, I think we are all very happy with the summer slot. It works really well for us. I’m good with where we are. If something changed, I’m sure we’d figure it out. I’m sure it would be great on another whole bunch of levels, but I am also very very satisfied with thirteen episodes. You get to do a lot each episode. I’m happy with our slot. So anyway, it would be great either way.

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    loved this season please keep andy and sam together the chemistry is amazing dont keep them apart cant wait for next season thanks

  2. Felix says:

    Best show ever can’t wait for 2 nd season

  3. Clare says:

    Really enjoying Rookie Blue in the UK…have been telling everyone to watch it or should i say catch up with the rest of the world, not looking to the finale episode of season 2 on Sunday, will be looking forward to Season 3 though.

    Keep up the good work. x

  4. Bambi says:

    I am a fan from Romania, and I hope the writers will read this message. I am in love with Sam and Andy’s story!! It’s so… phenomenal and perfect, and now it’s not only chemistry, it became LOVE. Please do not spend the whole 3d season with the same painful waiting of what might happen! Just let them live their love and let us to enjoy it. If you will make this mistake, so many of us will be pissed… Drama is good, but like someone said “enough is enough” :) Give us Andy and Sam!!!
    I love Rookie Blue!

  5. Loubna says:

    I love the show/serie. When it aired in Holland I started to record all the episodes and still watch it in the weekend. When Sam and Andy came closer I was so happy, can’t wait for season 3.

  6. Cinthia says:

    I’m only reading this interview now, but |I really want to make a comment. Rookie Blue is awesome! Do you really know how long have we been waiting for Andy and Sam together?! I’m a 54 years old Brazilian woman. I watch the series besides my 22 years old daughter. And we both scream and laugh and love to see each scene where Sam and Andy are together. |He cares about her as well as she cares about him. And this is more than a sexual attraction.
    Ben Bass is gorgeous and he has a special way to look into a woman’s face (oh, Gosh!). There is also that ”thing” he does before kissing (he touches Andy with his nose kindly or something like that). I think what makes this series so special is the sensibility you, the producers, have to write about people’s feelings. It awakes our fantasy. It is not just a police station series. It is about feelings and lives which remind us all of our own problems and desires.
    I suppose a lot of women would like to be Andy! I certainly would. Please, come back soon and let them be “Sany”!
    Oh, and be sure you have a lot of fans in Brazil!

  7. Michaela Griffith says:

    Hi i loved season 1 and 2 they are both AMAZING :D but apparently there is going to be 23 episodes next month because some viewers thought 13 wasnt enough is this true??? Sam and Andy are sooooooo perfect for each other i was filled with joy when they got together it was so ovious that they both loved each other but they were both reluctant to show it. i hope there relationship continues through out the many seasons to come (hopefully). When does season 3 air in the UK because i am dieing to see it I LOVE ROOKIE BLUE IT IS MY FAVOURITE PROGRAM :-D <3<3<3 I didnt know Epstein loved Peck this was an amazing twist and a complete shock!!! Please if anyone knows any spoilers or can answer my questions please do i am dieing gto know i am so EXCITED :-D ,
    Thank You xxx

  8. Dayna'Joyce says:

    Im From London and i watch this show as much as i possibly can as its not so popular, but i love it and if it was more known on t.v i think it could go far and even begin adding more episodes to the seasons. anyway i totally agree the Gail and Dov thing is better left behind due to i think Dov and Chris have a great bromance and that would totally mess things up but i think in season 2 Gail has truely shown the more sensative side to her charactor but still with the attitude which makes it perfect but i wouldnt think Gail would get with Luke knowing he cheated on Andy shes much to sensable also i would love it if we got to see more of the other characters in action/tention scences and want to see more of other characters but still obveosly see Andy and Sam just as much Thankyou x

  9. pepe says:

    I totally agree that Sam and Andy should remain together indefinite; struggling, working, loving, disagreeing, planning their lives together. They don’t have to do hollywood and break up in order to do a great job. Infact, being together, loving and respecting one another will bring out the best in their jobs. That, I believe is realistic, and at the same time SEXY! Rookie Blue writers, producers, etc, please take note.
    AND, OH, GROSS! Luke and Gail? Disgusting! Really? That spells disaster with a “D”. There’s going to be a cheating competition in that relationship immediately after they’ve tasted each other. Cheats don’t date cheats! Those that do…explains why we have so many crimes of passion, rarely live to tell about it!
    Please, not Luke and Gail. Don’t spoil the fun!

  10. jac sant says:

    Luke is great and you have just put him on the back burner. For heavens sake give him an interesting story line and a new woman in his life !!

  11. Lena says:

    I lived the season 2 finlley because it kept people wanting to see season 3 and I’m soo glad Sam and Andy hooked up they should stay togethor I’m mean u should have them have some fights but keep them togethor I luv this show and I will be watching every epesiode e luv it thanks som much I luv Sam he’s so cute and Andy and him make a could match

  12. Bella says:

    Couldn’t live without rookie in my life! If more people discovered it, it could be huge. Almost cried when I realised there were no more… :). Sam and andy all the way! Xx ;)

  13. nuruel azam edogawa kaito says:

    I’m very happy if you see sam and andy … somehow I do not like the luke ….. andy and sam together forever…….:)

  14. nell says:

    Its a cool show,actually Dov and gail are cool together!